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Wild Four Year Olds, Seashells, & Other Reasons I Took a Writing Break.

***To really put things into perspective before you read this post, I overcooked a whole chicken by 40 degrees while writing this. I forgot to set the timer because my child, who is taking her first nap in seven very busy days, distracted me when I popped the chicken in the oven. She cried hysterically because she wanted me to blow up her water wings, so she could fly like a bird on her way to nap time. When I told her no, she told me that I never let her pretend. Who am I to discourage imagination?***

This post was prompted after three people over the past month asked why I haven’t been

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Add graphic design and advertising to the list of distractions.

writing, and a fellow author tweeted to me, asking why I stopped advertising my books. First of all, thanks to those people for noticing and caring. It’s easy to feel like a lost voice in the overcrowded land of online advertising, and after trying to self promote my novel and short stories for a few years, I just needed a little break from that very time consuming process. The tremendous network, support system, and friendships I created during that time have been my greatest reward.

Enter the four year olds and seashells. For those of you who do not know me well, I am a “stay at home mom”. (Whatever the hell that really means. My adventures rarely leave me at home.) I am also an independently published author and owner and designer of Ocean Inspired Design. My child has one more year of being “stuck at home” with me, and making memories with her is my number one priority before the slinging of books and seashells. I am in charge of finding other parents of four year olds, and charming them with my quick wit (awkward humor), all to ensure that they will want to play with us on a regular basis. My daughter actually collects friends at an alarming rate on her own these days, so we stay very social and always busy … and hot. Alone time is no longer part of my vocabulary.

seashellcrabWhile on one of our many beach adventures last fall, I collected a massive amount of seashells. One passerby looked at me like I was some insane shelling fanatic, which I now am, so I won’t judge him for his accurate observation. That seashell collection turned into crafting as a hobby. I showed my work to a few friends and received lots of positive feedback, so I opened up my own Etsy shop. A little bit of play money never hurts, right? Basically, I filled my free time with a new creative outlet during a discouraging writing period: Open laptop, stare blankly at screen, yell at screen, pour a glass of wine, stare at screen again, close laptop. I have never been one to force myself to write, so I took a break.

Now that I have created an arsenal of beautiful seashell wall art, wind chimes, and coastal wreaths, I plan on using my very little free time in the evenings to write a series of short stories over the summer. I also have a half written novel, coldly abandoned in Microsoft Word, which I may finish or save to a USB and watch as it melts in the fire pit. Who knows? Go ahead and add self doubt to my list of writing obstacles. As you can see, I have enough things going on to distract me from writing, but I have not given up or lost my passion. I’m just a busy woman, doing my best to make ends meet and raise a child who will hopefully become a wonderful benefit to society one day.

Thanks for reading and to those who support my work and continue to reach out to me! -Corey

 

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Free Alternative Advertising for Indie Authors

In the realm of advertising possibilities for independent authors, there are an overwhelming amount of options, many of which can be costly. You aren’t guaranteed success no matter how much you spend, so it’s great to find free advertising opportunities wherever you can. For most authors, free advertising is your only choice, so I would like to share this amazing experience I had at the park today. Yes, it relates to advertising your book for FREE!!

imageLook beyond those adorable, tiny readers in training, and you will see a Park Pages Little Tree Library. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to leave a book and/or take a book. You can sit and read at the park, or take the book home. I was there for two hours, and I am pleased to report that adults, teenagers, and toddlers raided this brilliant book box all morning long. In fact, the three girls pictured here quit playing and started a read-a-thon on the sidewalk that would make any parent proud.

 

How Can Indie Authors Benefit from Little Free Libraries?

If you can find these Little Free Libraries in your area, I urge you to put a copy of your book in all of them. Write a personal note in the front of your book, and (kindly not desperately) explain that reviews are valuable to an author. Keep it short and be genuine. Now go put your book in the box!

Imagine grabbing a book out of the box, only to discover a thoughtful, handwritten note imagefrom the author. As an avid reader myself, I’d be stoked! Leaving a personal note, asking new readers to review your work, is an excellent way to establish a connection with your reader immediately.¬†What if the reader tells five of their friends about the amazing book they discovered at the park and leaves you a stellar review? Word of mouth is the king of free advertising! Go back every now and then to see if your book is still there. If it’s gone, leave one more … or five!!

 

 

*** WARNING: If your book cover could in any way be considered offensive or R rated, I would not recommend this avenue of advertising, as small children frequent these boxes as often as adults. The last thing you want is an angry parent leaving a bad review because you corrupted little Jonny! ***

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Thank you for reading. I hope you find this avenue of advertising useful, however small it may seem.

More Free Advertising Options for Authors:

(Some request a reasonably low promotional fee to be featured.)

Bargain Books

eBook Mountain

Choosy Bookworm

Book Zio

Indie Book of the Day

Readfree.ly

eBookStage

eBookLister

Frugal Freebies

eBooks Habit

It’s Write Now

ContentMo.com

The eReader Cafe

Best eBooks Free

People Reads

Read Cheaply

Book Deal Hunter

Awesomegang

Book Daily

Free Book Club

New Free Kindle Books

Book Lover’s Heaven

Reading Deals

 

 

 

 

 

 


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